My name is Tony Bourke. I live in NYC and work in the technology sector. I'm also a freelance writer, writing on a number of subjects including Unix, networking, and load balancing.
I can be contacted at tony at vegan (dot) net.
Finish Line | 2007-11-06 14:12:57
Well, I did it. Ran my second NYC Marathon, clocking in at 4 hours, 25 minutes, 9 seconds.
NYC Marathon | 2007-11-02 11:21:28
OK, so I didn't make it to the Irish marathon last year. Instead, I went on my first scuba diving trip to the Cayman Islands. Had a great friggin' time.
However, this year I did get into the NYC Marathon and I'll be running it this weekend. Weather is looking pretty good so far (in '02 is was 32F when it started).
D'oh! | 2006-06-27 00:13:45
For the third year in a row, I didn't make it into the NYC Marathon. Again, it's a random lottery, and with only 20,000 domestic slots and 80,000 people trying to win the slots, I guess the odds weren't in my favor.
As I said though, I have a plan B. I'll be doing the Dublin Marathon, held in Dublin, Ireland. Dublin is a great city, and it'll be nice to go back.
Update | 2006-04-03 20:20:50
I haven't written in here in quite a while. Not that this is heavily trafficked. Ah well. It's been so long, it's already time to enter in the NYC Marathon again. I won't know until June. Hopefully I'll get in it this year. If not, my plan b (always have a plan b) is a Marathon in Dublin, Ireland, at about the same time.
NYC Marathon | 2005-06-19 17:51:07
D'oh. For the second year in a row, I didn't win the random lottery which determines who gets to run the NYC marathon. They have a lottery because there are far more people who wish to run than they have slots for. Around 70,000 enter, with only 30,000 slots (10,000 international, 20,000 domestic). I got in the first time I tried, in 2002, but demand was lighter since it was barely a year after 9/11.
Oh well. I'll try again next year. In the meantime, there's a marathon in Dublin at around the same time (late October, NYC is early November), and then there's The Great Wall of China Marathon. I just missed this years (I learned about it from a news story on CNN), but I'm going to go for it next year. That would be fantastic.